Compared to it, Balsam's interior is rather surprising. It's much more luminous than you'd expect, boasting the classic farmhouse-like walls and ceiling in pure white. Only a few pieces of furniture in dark shades, carefully added throughout, match the home's exterior. The rest of the woodwork (including the flooring) sticks to a natural light shade that blends harmoniously with the white walls.
A well-equipped kitchen, a standard bathroom, and a compact living area are things you'd expect to find in a luxury tiny house. What you wouldn't necessarily expect is a cool snack bar with two seats, a small but practical separate study, or an abundance of storage in the most unusual places. Balsam has it all, and it proves that there's no need for bulky closets to make tiny living more comfortable.
You have the fully-opening stairs doubling as cabinets of different sizes – seven in total. The elevated position of the living room allows for generous extra storage underneath. The walls are also put to good use – numerous floating shelves are added to the kitchen area; in the living/lounge room, a beautiful maple bookcase covers the entire wall.
In the bathroom, there's enough room under the thick oak countertop for a washer/dryer combo unit. Walnut and maple slabs are turned into quirky shelves for extra storage. In the loft bedroom, walnut and maple corner pieces double as nightstands for easy-to-reach storage.
The 70-square-foot (6.5 square meters) loft is big enough for a queen-sized mattress. But Balsam can easily accommodate more than two people thanks to its impressive custom-made couch. This brown leather sofa with rustic oak accents incorporates a practical pull-out bed. Apart from its functionality, it's a premium piece of decor, adding to the overall elegance.
Secondly, this relaxation area basically doubles the amount of storage available inside the house, starting with the few steps leading up to it, all the way to the custom bookcase. Last but not least, it even makes room for an unusual home office. An asymmetric walnut slab acts as a work desk, and it's seamlessly integrated into an oak-topped cubby that's part of the overall lounge platform.
Although unusual, the placement of this desk is great because it can include extra storage, also ensuring the privacy of a separate area for work. Nearby, a quirky snack bar with a similar rustic look takes advantage of a large front window. Made of maple, this beautiful bar comes with a matching footrest and two contrasting bar stools. Looking above, you'll notice the elegant chandelier made of hand-blown glass.
Balsam has enough width to integrate this stylish dining area with a rustic touch on one side and the kitchen on the other side. A four-burner stainless steel gas range, a two-door smart fridge, and a multi-speed ventless hood fan are the main appliances. Similar to the living area, the kitchen comes with abundant storage in the form of cabinets and overhead shelves.
In addition to the ingenious layout and generous storage throughout, the Balsam tiny flaunts an impeccable contemporary style with a rustic twist. The wood beams on the ceiling and the black metal banister with maple accents are some of the sophisticated details that turn this small house into a beautiful home.
The only downside is that Balsam was designed and built as a one-of-a-kind home and is no longer available. Made Relative doesn't offer serial designs or tiny homes that are custom-made for specific customers. Each of the brand's homes is designed in-house and unique, with pricing ranging between $90,000 and $100,000.